Australian woman 'harvests' husband's sperm hours after his suicide to fulfill his dream of having children together
An Australian woman who successfully managed to "harvest" her husband's sperm from his body within hours of his suicide after petitioning the New South Wales Supreme Court now plans to have her dead partner's baby.
Jermimah Moyland met her husband, Sebastian, when they were 17 and in school. The two got married in 2015 and planned on starting a family in 2020.
In fact, Sebastian was so eager to have kids that he even built their dream home with enough bedrooms to comfortably house a big family. The couple started visiting doctors and even a naturopath to make sure that Jermimah's body was fertile and ready for conceiving.
But what started out as a fairy tale journey for the two soon took a nasty and unexpected turn on Wednesday, August 14, when Sebastian ended up taking his own life.
Although Jermimah, along with those closest to the pair, grieved and struggled to cope with the sudden loss in the family, she did not lose track of her future plans.
Acting swiftly, she approached the Supreme Court, legally seeking to have sperm removed from her husband's body.
She got in touch with the same attorney who helped Queensland woman Ayla Cresswell harvest her boyfriend Joshua Davies' sperm after his untimely death in 2016—the only such known case in the last seven years.
On the same night that Sebastian died, Jermimah got the court to finalize her request.
"It brings me some form of closure and some form of hope for a family with the only man I ever wanted to have one with," she told Daily Mail. "He would have made the most incredible dad and his future daughter or son will know how amazing he is and will grow up as if he's in the house."
Surgery was conducted on Sebastian's body at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital on August 15, as sperm has to be extracted before the body has been deceased for 24 hours. Jermimah will have 10 years to use her husband's sperm before it becomes unusable.
However, while the widow has won the right to have the sperm removed and stored, she still needs to win the legal battle to have the permission to use it. To ease the financial burden on her, Jermimah's twin brother, Drew, has started a GoFundMe page to pay for legal costs as well as raise money for her husband's funeral.
The 27-year-old widow said that her husband was always open about the struggles with mental illness but never indicated that he would take such a drastic step.
"We talked about mental health almost daily as I suffer from anxiety," she said. "It's something I'm big on making awareness about and he would always have conversations about it. But he never gave any sign of going this far."
She added: "He never really got over the death of his father 18 months ago. We all get stressed over work, money and life but taking that final step means he must have bottled more than we ever thought up."
Now, Jermimah is determined to start a family and fulfill the dream that she always shared with her husband, despite knowing that being a single mother would be difficult.